Composing in the Wilderness

February 18, 2022
Garrison Gerard in front of mountain

Garrison Gerard, a doctoral student in UNT’s music composition program, was selected for the prestigious Composing in the Wilderness program, which took place in summer 2021. The one-of-a-kind creative experience for composers allowed Gerard to explore Alaska’s Denali National Park, compose music about it and have it premiered by top performers, all in a two-week period. Gerard composed music for flute, clarinet, violin and cello. The goal of his six-minute piece was to explore the idea of perspective — such as what kind of complex sound combinations are different listeners attuned to at different moments. Gerard’s piece was performed this fall in the College of Music’s Recital Hall.